Madisonville Mustangs: The comeback kids


The Madisonville boys’ basketball team erased a 12-point first quarter deficit to nip Normangee, 55-40, in its final game before district play.

The Mustangs, who got off to a rough start offensively, trailing 14-2 after one quarter regained their footing outscoring Normangee 20-10 in the second half cutting the 12-point deficit to two points by halftime.

“I felt like we came out with poor energy,” said Head Coach Brian Thurmond. “Normangee’s level of intensity was a lot higher than ours and that’s the main reason they jumped out to an early lead.”

Madisonville responded to Coach Thurmond’s urge for intensity outscoring the Panthers 33-16 in the second half.

“I love the way the guys responded to the challenge,” said Thurmond. “But moving forward we have to start the same way we finish – strong and with purpose.”

Sam Bennett led the team in scoring with 18 points, and Kasey Williamson recorded a double-double in the come-from-behind win with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Tommy Holiday added 10 points and grabbed five rebounds while Kendall Moffett led the team in both assists and steals with seven assists and four steals.